Getting your kids involved with growing mushrooms can be a great way to expose them to life outside the plant and animal kingdoms. Plants and animals are tangible, while understanding bacteria can be a bit tricky. Mushrooms are a good middle ground where kids can watch them grow with their own eyes, but still understand […]
When I first became interested in making soap for our home, I was really worried about using lye. It’s caustic, extremely poisonous, and very dangerous if it’s not used correctly. Therefore, I researched every single way possible to make soap without lye. Now, what is the answer to the question, “Can you make soap without […]
As a home-school mom, summer break can be an exhausting experience. After all, the only difference between the school year and summer vacation is now the kids are bored and are constantly asking you for something to do. I often call it the ‘Summer Boredom Blues’. They’ve been so busy all year with structured activities […]
Looking for a quick and easy knitting project? These handmade wash cloths are excellent as a beginner project, or for those looking for something quick to whip up. I love giving these as gifts, as well as using them around the house! In this post, I show you how to make the perfect, fluffy wash […]
Many farmers and homesteaders ask me why we moved to the Smoky Mountains of East Tennessee. There are truly so many reasons, but one is the VERY vibrant artisan community that exists here and equally strong in and around Asheville, North Carolina, which is a stones throw away from us here. Today my wonderful husband […]
This post will show you how to crochet in 15 minutes. It will demonstrate how to make a slip knot, how to chain, and how to crochet a versatile, simple stitch. The best part? You don’t even need a hook. Read on for the tutorial, beginner, and you’ll be crocheting in no time!